Dog trib­ute to Bosley mill staff

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KAREN BRIT­TON

AGROUP of friends who work to­gether to raise money for good causes have spon­sored a guide dog in a trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Bosley disas­ter.

Den­nis and Karen Meszaros, Lor­raine and Kevin Wil­shaw, Gra­ham Burgess and Dave Oakes , who grew up to­gether in Mac­cles­field, de­cided they wanted to do some­thing to raise money for char­i­ties and the com­mu­nity, so they formed the Friends That Do group.

They have raised more than £100,000 over two decades.

The lat­est fundrais­ing mis­sion has been to pay for a guide dog puppy named Bosley in trib­ute to those who lost their lives in the ex­plo­sion in the vil­lage last sum­mer.

Mill work­ers Dorothy Bai­ley, Will Barks, Derek Moore and Ja­son Shin­gler who died in the disas­ter. Ja­son’s body has never been found. Around 50 work­ers also lost their jobs.

The Friends That Do group de­cided to sup­port the work of char­ity guide dogs af­ter see­ing the dif­fer­ence the an­i­mals have made to the lives of blind and par­tially-sighted own­ers. They paid for an­other dog De­laney in 2011, which be­longs to Iris Peel.

This year, the friends or­gan­ised their an­nual ten-mile char­ity walk around Mac­cles­field, at­tract­ing more than 100 walk­ers and tak­ing in vis­its to ten pubs along the way. They also or­gan­ised a golf day with 24 teams and a spe­cial visit from guide dog De­laney with Iris.

They raised £5,200 from the events al­low­ing them to name an­other guide dog puppy un­der the Guide Dog’s ‘Name a Puppy’ scheme.

‘It’s a won­der­ful trib­ute to those who lost their lives’

The puppy who will be named Bosley has not been born yet but will be homed some­where in Cheshire or Mersey­side and the money will pay for the early stages of his train­ing.

Lor­raine Wil­shaw, from Friends That Do, said: “Af­ter we named De­laney in 2011 and saw what a dif­fer­ence he had made to Iris, we de­cided that we would like to try and raise enough to name an­other puppy. With the help of all of the walk­ers and golfers we man­aged to reach our tar­get and look for­ward to meet­ing the new puppy Bosley.”

Tracey Digby, com­mu­nity fundraiser for Guide Dogs, said: “We are de­lighted that the Friends that Do have cho­sen to sup­port the life-chang­ing work of Guide Dogs once again, nam­ing a guide dog puppy is a won­der­ful trib­ute to those who sadly lost their lives in the Bosley Mill disas­ter.”

Visit guide­dogs.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

●» Den­nis Meszaros, Dave Oakes, Gra­ham Burgess, Trevor, Iris’s Hus­band, Lor­raine Wil­shaw, Kev Wil­shaw and Karen Meszaros; Front is Iris with De­laney the guide dog

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